Writing a good resume

Looking for a change of job? The first thing you should do is prepare yourself really well before taking the plunge. After all, opportunity knocks but once. Here are some tips which can make the ride a little smoother.

  • List out your skills. In order to make sure you don't forget the ones you haven't touched on recently, visit the NCSOICC's website. Here, in the Resume section, you will find a whole lot of skills. All you have to do is pick out the ones you think you have and make your own list.
  • If this is not your first job, visit the website called O*NET Code Connector and look for the kind of job you've been at. Once you find it, you will see a list of skills that you job typically revolves around, or to use their term, 'Work Content Statements'. Copy these into your List of Skills.
  • Pick out all the Foundation skills that you possess and add them to the list
  • Look back into last two to five years of your life. List out all the good things you did in your career and beyond it. These should be things that you actually feel good about. Either because you did them well, or because you enjoyed doing them or maybe even because you feel a certain amount of pride in them.
  • Now choose the seven best ones and explain, either to a friend or on paper, what you did, how you went about doing it and what came of it.
  • Have another look at your list and this time, mark those that you enjoy using your Motivated Skills.

Know which are your Marketable Skills and reinforce them

Be aware of the fact that no company is going to hire you unless you generate profits for them. Therefore, for your own good, be alert to the changes going on around you. Always keep an updated resume handy and be ready to move on to another job before you get the pink slip.

Also keep the following points in mind:

  • Make sure you put across your plus points very clearly.
  • Give examples by explaining some problems you faced and how you tackled them. What were the results of this? This is also called PAR or Problem Action Results.
  • As always, practice makes perfect so do everything from talking to the mirror to asking a friend to be your sounding board.
  • This approach will train you for job interviews as well talking to your boss about a pay hike.
  • Learn as many new skills as you can and strengthen the Foundation skills that you think are not strong enough.
  • Recognize your Motivated Skills and reinforce them.
  • Look around you and be clear about what skills are in demand the most.
  • Adopt some skills that you can make use of if you ever join another company. Transferable skills are very sought after by prospective employers.